An otterly wonderful day out

It is no secret that photographing wildlife is one of my favourite things in the whole world. I loved spending time watching London Wetlands Center resident otters. There are so full of character and charm, so playful and so fast too!

It was a rather dull, overcast day and I nearly shot on Aperture Priority but decided I was going to try my luck with Manual and set my shutter speed at 1/400, my aperture at f/11 but left my ISO in Auto as the clouds were moving and the light changing all the time.

The Instructor of the group was so knowledgeable in both the technicalities of photography as well as wildlife… It turns out he works with National Geographic!!!

Once we were done photographing the otters, we went over our photographs to discuss what we could have done better, etc etc and practiced a bit more on the abundance of wildlife around.

There were plenty of birds to shoot from Egyptian Ducks to Cranes. What a great day.

I’m now waiting for the weather to get a tad better so I can visit Bird World!

Paula, x

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For we all have our mists and abysses

But I know not of such a beautiful mist as the mist that descends in the Autumn at Richmond Park and this past Sunday was no exception. Whilst the sun decided to hide for most of the day, the mist stayed giving the park the perfect backdrop to the Halloween Running Race that was taking place that morning.

After scouting for intriguing landscape angles to shoot, I had a lucky break and spotted a young female kestrel I had been trying to photograph for months. It turns out that the mist and lack of wind meant the kestrel needed to stay closer to the ground to hunt, I was delighted to be able to watch her.

A local photographer and wildlife aficcionado told me this particular female kestrel is used to being photographed so we got close and took quite a few nice shots. It was just such shame the sky was so grey.

But kestrels wasn’t the only wildlife around last Sunday. There were plenty of squirrels burying their nuts for the winter, I love watching them!

This once,  the mist and abyss that this tumour brings into my life left me and I felt free. Funny it should happen on a misty morning.

Thanks for reading.

P, x

 

 

 

 

 

A first time for everything

This has been a very good week in my photography journey. It began with a glorious wildlife shoot in the golden light of a gorgeous Sunday morning. The official Facebook Page of ‘Friends of Richmond Park’ liked my photos so much they even published one of my shots. How cool is that??!!

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A Facebook-er saw my photo and asked to buy the pair of them. I was both delighted and proud in equal measures.

And when I thought a good week couldn’t get any better, I was asked to photograph a recent project for a local kitchen company.

It is fair to say The Darling and I are chuffed to bits!

🙂

Easy like Sunday Morning

For years now I have been getting up at the crack of dawn wherever I am around the world just to watch the sunrise. This morning I decided it was high time I watched the sunrise in my own backyard so I woke up really early and headed for Sawyers Hill, in Richmond Park.

I love Richmond Park all year round but even more so at this time of the year. The rutting season runs from September to November during which time the parks comes alive. Being there at dawn reminded me of Jurassic Park! The calling of the deers came from all directions and I was half expecting to see a T-Rex jump out of hiding 🙂

The Darling and I had plenty to enjoy. The golden light was glorious and the animals were very active near Pen Ponds, I guess one can’t beat the waterhole!

I even managed to photograph two deers locking horns! The larger male won the fight but lost an antler, I wanted to pick it up but there was NO WAY I was going to get in the middle of them!

I had to try a few different settings, different shutter speeds and different aperture. It was certainly challenging to adjust to moving subjects and light conditions.

Loved my Sunday Morning tho  🙂

Oh deer!

The Darling and I were both taken by surprise in Richmond Park yesterday. We when out hoping to shoot some deers and ended up shooting more than we bargained for.

Some called it ‘nature’ others said it was ‘mating’. Personally, I feel that, although not the kind of shot I went out, it was just a lucky shot. I had pressed the Shutter button just in time to capture nature doing what nature does!

This time I took my tripod and can see how much sharper the images are.

Unfortunately it was an overcast afternoon. Imagine how beautiful these would have been under the golden light of a late afternoon? I will just have to go back and give it another try.

Overall the images are fairly ordinary, apart from the mating shot of course, but I’m still pleased with it.

🙂

The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

I thought long and hard before buying yet another lens but, in the end, I just couldn’t resist it. I just had to have it.

My first attempt at using the ‘Darling’ (yes, I’ve named it!) was ok. The lens is perfect for shooting wildlife and my camera (7D Mark ii) perfect for moving subjects i.e. sport and wildlife. Together they work beautifully well. I can see why some Pros use this exact gear.

Admittedly, it does take some getting used to when it comes to the weight. I think I might have to carry my tripod with me when the Darling and I go out. Weight aside, the images were rather good considering it was very windy when I took them and I shot without support.

Oh and just to make sure I concentrated on the camera and the composition, I turned my dial to P. Please don’t hate me, I’ll be back to full manual before you know it!